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CCTV could solve on-going anti-social behaviour in Ballyspillane

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By Sean Moriarty

The long-running anti-social behaviour issues in the Ballyspillane estate in Killarney could be solved by the installation of CCTV cameras according Killarney Municipal District Council.

The Killarney Advertiser has consistently highlighted problems in the estate. In April it was reported that groups of up to 30 people were engaging in the sport of road-bowling on the estate’s streets and that the participants were trespassing on private properties to retrieve lost balls.

Just over a year ago a house was damaged in a fireball attack – an incident linked to a long running feud in the area.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked Wednesday’s meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council if there was any update on the provision of CCTV in the estate.

“Your house is your castle,” she said. “There are up to 30 people gathering everyday for road bowling – the anti-social behaviour continues and it is one of the most urgent matters. Until this [CCTV] is in place we won’t have a handle on what is going on.”

The Council have confirmed an application for funding for three separate CCTV systems in the town – including one in Ballyspillane – has been submitted to the Department of Justice and Equality but was unable to put a final date on the process.

“Members will be aware that the Data Protection Commission is currently carrying out a national study of the use of CCTV and other technologies by local authorities and An Garda Síochána for security and crime prevention,” a Council official said. “Any recommendations arising for the local Government sector as a result of the study will have to be taken on board as part of the roll out of any community schemes.”

Cllr Brendan Cronin, who was taking charge of his first Council meeting as the newly elected Mayor of Killarney, said the delay was not good enough.

“[Data Protection] seems to be the stumbling block,” he said. “This is crucially important for crime prevention.”

The Killarney Advertiser is aware of other reported incidents of unauthorised road bowling taking place in other estates in Killarney, most notably in Chestnut Drive where residents cars have been damaged by participants.

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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